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Recap – Monsters vs Bulldogs: Dogs Close Out Season, Say Goodbye to Hamilton

Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club


HAMILTON, ON — Well, after 19 years, AHL hockey in Hamilton is now over.

The Hamilton Bulldogs finished their regular season in a shootout at the FirstOntario Centre on Saturday night against the Lake Erie Monsters in front of 10,326 loud fans. It was an exciting game, but the Bulldogs came up short in their first shootout of the season.

The match marked the final game of AHL hockey in the City, as the team is relocating to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the 2015-16 season.

The Lake Erie Monsters opened the scoring with a goal from Cody Corbett who tucked the puck behind Bulldogs goaltender Brandon Whitney.

Shortly after the Corbett goal, the Bulldogs got one back to tie the game courtesy of Eric Tangradi.

The Bulldogs entered the first intermission tied, 1-1, with the Monsters.  However, the second period would see much more action.

In the middle frame, TJ Hensick buried his 19th goal of the season giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. But then the Monsters responded on the power play after Stefan Fournier went off for too-many men and Stefan Elliott notched the tying goal.

Lake Erie’s goal scoring did not end there, as they regained the lead.

Freddie Hamilton scored his 11th goal of the 2014-15 campaign on the power-play just after the Monsters tied the game.

At this point, the Bulldogs were really pressing hard for a tying goal, but they finished the period down by one after forty minutes of play.

The Bulldogs were able to tie the game about five minutes into the frame with Christian Thomas blasting one by Calvin Pickard after a nice pass from Sven Andrighetto.

The Bulldogs and Monsters did not find the score sheet in the final exciting 15 minutes of the period, which saw several chances at both ends of the ice, so 60 minutes was not enough and the game needed an overtime period.

The overtime period did not have a goal scorer, but let me tell you this: That overtime period was the entertaining seven minutes of hockey I have watched this season. The Bulldogs had over five chances to end the game in overtime but Pickard stopped everything, including a sprawling glove save. It’s unfortunate, the game needed to be decided in the shootout, where the Monsters came out on top.



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Recap – Comets vs Bulldogs: Dogs Overrun by Wolves

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 


HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs playoff race took a little detour on Thursday night, as the Chicago Wolves defeated the ‘Dogs 4-2 at the FirstOntario Centre.

Midway through the first period, the Wolves scored after a shot from the blueline deflected off the backboard and Magnus Paajarvi tapped in the loose puck behind Mike Condon. The ‘Dogs were not able to get on the board in the first period, and trailed the Wolves 1-0.

In the middle frame, the Wolves made it 2-0.

Forward Paajarvi deked around a Bulldog defenceman shooting the puck on net, where he was able score his second goal of the night.

The Bulldogs night continued to go downhill five-minutes into the third period, as Chicago went up 3-0.

Shane Harper extended the Wolve’s lead to 3-0 after he sniped the puck over Condon’s shoulder.

The Bulldogs, however, showed a little bit of life.

Just about half way into the third, T.J. Hensick put the Bulldogs on the board with a backhand shot that beat Matt Climie glove side.

However, Chicago got a goal back quick.

The Wolves made it 4-1 on the power-play during a two-on-one, with Pat Cannone tapping the puck in.

With 3:00 minutes to go, Charles Hudon shot Darren Dietz’s rebound out of mid air and over Climie’s glove side to cut the Wolves lead in half. It was a very pretty goal, but it would not be enough for the ‘Dogs as they fell to the Wolves.

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Recap – Comets vs Bulldogs: Dogs Clipped by Comets

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered Saturday’s contest on a two-game losing streak and were hoping to snap the skid, but that was not the case. The Bulldogs dropped their third consecutive game to the Utica Comets by a score of 3-2 at the FirstOntario Centre.

Game Rundown 

The first period had a nice pace to it with barely any stoppages and just pure hard hitting hockey. However, the first period saw the Utica Comets strike first.

Only nine or so minutes into the first period Sven Baertschi made a nice pass to Cal O’Reilly who scored the first goal of the game for the Comets.

The rest of the period saw some exciting hockey, but Hamilton did not score a goal to send the game tied into the first intermission.

But the good news for the Bulldogs is, they would get a quick equalizer just seconds into the second period.

Just 18-seconds into the second frame, Bulldogs forward TJ Hensick scored on a 2-on-1 feed thanks to a pass from Eric Tangradi. This was Hensick’s 16th goal of the season.

The Bulldogs jumped to a 2-1 lead after Sven Andrighetto made a nice pass from behind the net to Charles Hudon who slapped the puck in past Comets netminder Joacim Eriksson from the slot.

The second period saw the Comets respond and tied the game.  Will Acton shot the puck over Condon’s shoulder after receiving a pass from Baertschi on a quick offensive rush.

The game remain tied 2-2 after forty minutes of play.

The third and final period of the game saw the Comets take the lead with Alex Friesen scoring his seventh marker of the season. Friesen shot the puck at Mike Condon, but it squeezed through Condon’s five-hole just passing the red line.

The final few minutes in the third were intense as the Bulldogs needed to score a goal to force overtime, but they were unsuccessful doing so. Comets took game by a score of 3-2.